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February 2018

Professional Development Event “Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get Results”

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Industrious, 171 North Aberdeen, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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    Every organization, be it a Fortune 500 company, a nonprofit or a startup, needs a story that captures the “why” beyond the “what” and communicates your purpose, brand and relevance in a way that’s unique and compelling. Yet, too often we resort to rattling off dry data points like lists of services or products, target markets, head counts and revenue figures. In this interactive session, Rob Biesenbach will talk about why stories more effective than data, examine the…

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March 2018

Young Professionals: Luck O’ the IABC Networking Bash

March 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub, 400 N McClurg Court
Chicago , 60611 United States
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  Celebrate an extended St. Patty’s Day with your favorite communications professionals at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub in Streeterville from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22! Join us for great networking opportunities with your IABC Chicago friends. The event is open to professionals of all ages, and you need not be an IABC member to participate. The small fee covers your first drink, light appetizers and a night of low-pressure fun and networking with the finest group of communicators Chicago has to offer. Tuesday, March…

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Webinar: Be a Talent Magnet—How to Retain, Engage and Attract the Millennial Workforce

March 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Be a Talent Magnet—How to Retain, Engage and Attract the Millennial Workforce  Presented by Jeff Butler Recently, the millennial generation took the stage as a the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. Millennials (also known as Generation Y), born between 1981 to 2000, are your current and future leaders and they are bringing tremendous change, innovation and opportunity. In this program, you will hear up-to-the-minute data and case studies, as author Jeff Butler helps you better understand your organization’s millennials and…

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April 2018

Annual Open Forum Meeting

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ROC Group, 300 E Randolph St., Suite 3400
Chicago, IL United States
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  Get to know IABC Chicago!  The IABC Chicago Board of Directors invites members and nonmembers to our annual Open Forum Meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. We have opened this meeting to all to provide an opportunity to share plans for coming months and to solicit ideas regarding ways we can better serve our members. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:00–8:00 p.m. ROC Group 300 E. Randolph St., Suite 3400 Chicago, IL Light refreshments will be provided.  FREE TO ATTEND,…

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Professional Development Luncheon: How to be Your Organization’s Go-To Speechwriter

April 12 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Osterio via Stato, 623 N. State
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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  Crafting powerful speeches and remarks requires more than a flair for writing. But what are those things? Don’t miss this special presentation by Mary Jo Bohr, a communications and speechwriting pro who’s written speeches for scores of CEOs and other executives. In her presentation she’ll explore: -- The key differences between writing for the “ear” and writing for the “eye.” -- How to make “tired” topics sound fresh … even riveting. -- Keys to capturing the voice and style…

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Webinar: How to Define, Articulate and Activate Your Company’s Purpose

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  How to Define, Articulate and Activate Your Company’s Purpose Presented by Guusje Bendelert In today’s climate, purpose plays a bigger role in business than ever before. Purpose can be the keystone of your brand story or the X-factor for retention and recruitment efforts. But, what really is purpose? How should it be communicated? What value can purpose add to your business? Having worked with companies like Southwest Airlines, International Paper and Qualcomm around integrating purpose into their communications, we have seen the…

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Rapido!

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hosted by Gagen MacDonald, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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  Quick! Tell us a compelling story – a soup-to-nuts story – that includes the main character, plot, conflict and conclusion. Easy, right? Now do it in under five minutes. That's what Rápido is all about. Rápido, the Spanish word for “rapid,” is our annual high-octane event that challenges presenters to share an innovative campaign in under five minutes, using no more than 20 slides. This year, we’ve invited a wide range of professionals to talk with us about a winning campaign, its…

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May 2018

How Does Your Company Spell CSR?

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Astellas, 1 Astellas Way
Northbrook, IL 60062 United States
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  An organization’s approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is nothing new, and companies use many ways to define what it means to them. Does it include transparency, sustainability, diversity, supply chain management, environmentalism or social involvement? All of them? A combination? It’s different for every organization. Join us for a moderated panel discussion about what modern CSR means to our panelists’ companies, and how they communicate their position and programs to their employees and external stakeholders. Panelists Moira Knight,…

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Webinar: Stuck in the 20th Century? The Shifts You and Your Company Need to Make to Thrive in the 21st Century

May 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Stuck in the 20th Century? The Shifts You and Your Company Need to Make to Thrive in the 21st Century Presented by Maya Townsend and Martha Miser Today, the world is a much different place than it was twenty years ago. Yet, we still rely on approaches to strategy that were developed in the 20th century (and a few that were developed over 2000 years ago). We need to move beyond the old methods to what works in our digital, global, rapidly…

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Coffee with Communicators

May 16 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Morningstar, 22 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602 United States
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  Uh oh. A major media outlet has run a story about your company that has affected your bottom line. Everyone up to the CEO is unhappy. What do you do? Join us for breakfast, networking and a discussion with Morningstar’s Sasha Bigda, as she walks us through a coordinated suppression plan to debunk a Wall Street Journalarticle that called their fund ratings into question. All levels of communications expertise and experience are welcome and you need not be a…

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